appearance of the gentlemen, like that of the ladies, is very imposing: they are all costumed in black; most of them are tall, some young.
Without streets and vehicles, the uproar of wheels, the brutality of horses, and with its little winding ways where people crowd together, where voices sound as in the corridors of a house, where the human step circulates as if it skirted the angles of furniture and shoes never wear out, the place has the character of an immense collective
apartment, in which Piazza San Marco is the most ornamented corner and palaces and churches, for the rest, play the part of great divans of repose, tables of entertainment, expanses of decoration.
Great builded voids, great crowded stillnesses put on, often, in the heart of cities, for the small hours, a sort of sinister mask, and it was of this large collective
negation that Brydon presently became conscious - all the more that the break of day was, almost incredibly, now at hand, proving to him what a night he had made of it.
Voyt had gone back on Thursday, and he now, to settle on the spot the question of a piece of work begun at his place, had rushed down for a few hours in anticipation of the usual collective
move for the week's end.
To the scientific eye all human history is a series of collective
movements, destructions or migrations, like the massacre of flies in winter or the return of birds in spring.
The individual, in such cases, is nearly always sacrificed to what is supposed to be the collective
interest: people cling to any convention that keeps the family together--protects the children, if there are any," he rambled on, pouring out all the stock phrases that rose to his lips in his intense desire to cover over the ugly reality which her silence seemed to have laid bare.
Therefore for all persons to say the same thing was their own, using the word all in its distributive sense, would be well, but is impossible: in its collective
sense it would by no means contribute to the concord of the state.
But architecture will no longer be the social art, the collective
art, the dominating art.
With the coming of these new weapons her collective
intelligence thrilled with the sense that now her moment had come.
she said again, speaking as some third, collective
, male person.
But he was something more unmanageable than a dragon: he was a benefactor with collective
society at his back, and he was at that moment entering the room in all the unimpeachable correctness of his demeanor, while Dorothea was looking animated with a newly roused alarm and regret, and Will was looking animated with his admiring speculation about her feelings.
But Red-Eye walked rough-shod over all our customs, and we so feared him that we were incapable of the collective
action necessary to punish him.